National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released a statement condemning President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.
“Our immigration system is broken – of this there is little debate," Timmons said in a NAM release. "Previous Congresses and administrations have missed many opportunities to fix the problem, and they have failed by inaction. And that is exactly why DACA exists in the first place."
DACA was created by former President Barack Obama in 2012 that allowed young undocumented immigrants to live in the U.S. legally. Trump, who has been critical of undocumented immigrants since he began his race for the presidency, recently said he will be canceling the program. Timmons is just one voice out of many who have been outraged by the president's decision.
“The children and young people who have been protected by DACA know America as their only home, and the solution to our broken system is not sending them off to another country," Timmons said in the release.
NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the nation.
"Throughout our history, immigration has strengthened and advanced the core principles that make America exceptional: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity," Timmons said. "Manufacturers call on Congress to step up to provide real reform – reform that is dignified and addresses all areas of concerns, including border security, a pathway to legal status and an improved legal immigration system that works."